DIY PaperBag Princess Costume Tutorial

DIY PaperBag Princess Halloween Costume

DIY PaperBag Princess Halloween Costume

Paperbag Princess CrownThe classic feminist fairy tale The PaperBag Princess by Robert Munch was always one of my favourites as a child. She was so different from all of the other princess books and it was a good message that perhaps planted the seed to me studying gender studies at university – but maybe that’s a stretch.  Anyways, it is such a great kids story.

This usually is an easy, straightforward costume to create – a square bag with a hole for your head and arms and a yellow construction paper crown. Of course, I wasn’t going to do a normal version of this costume, I wanted create a haute couture version of the dress. See instructions on how to create your own fancy Paperbag Princess dress below! As a bonus this costume is CHEAP to make – since most of the material is brown paper bags.

 

DIY PaperBag Princess Costume

Supplies

PaperBag Princess Halloween Costume Supplies

Dress:

  • Brown paper bags – lots of them!
  • Glue gun and glue
  • Elastic (to make a skirt waistband)
  • Duct Tape (to secure the bags on the backside of skirt)
  • Mini dragon stuffed animal

Crown

  • Gold wire
  • Gold coloured crystals

Make-up

  • Regular make-up routine and,
  • Brown eyeshadow to make your face look dirty.

Accessories (optional)

  • Boyfriend to be your Prince Ronald
  • Cover your shoes with brown paper bags

PaperBag Princess Robert Munch

Prince Ronald and the PaperBag Princess - Couples Costume

Instructions

Skirt

  1. Cut an elastic band a length slightly smaller than your waist (approximately 1-2 inches). Sew in place
  2. Cut bags apart to create flat rectangles
  3. Lay them flat and cut the corners off the top part which will loop around the elastic.
  4. Loop the top part over the elastic and secure with glue – SCRUNCH the bottom part of the bag
  5. Create multiple layers of bags under the first layer until you receive the desired length and fullness. Tape the layers into place with duct tape (glue may also work)
  6. Scrunch the bags to get the a puffy crinoline look

Note: You need to wear something under this dress; especially in case it rains (which it did when I wore it – hence the costume did not survive a second Halloween).

PaperBag Princess Skirt in progress

Shirt

  1. Tape multiple bags together until it can reach around your chest
  2. Tape closure on the back or side while you wear the shirt
  3. Play with accordion folds to make the strap more interesting
  4. Add a dragon!

Dragon on shoulder

Crown

Paperbag Princess Crown

  1. Make a circle with the gold wire
  2. Loop five triangular points around the circle. As you make the points add a gold crystal at the top, twist the wire to secure the bead and create the next point.
  3. Once the points are complete add a thin wire with a gold bead above the first circle; twist around the points to secure it.
  4. The crown doesn’t have to be perfect, being bent adds to the look.

Happy Halloween! Have fun and be safe!

DIY Halloween Wreath

DIY Halloween Wreath

I am obsessed with Halloween and am ashamed to say I did not have a Halloween wreath for my door. This was a perfect reason to DIY and make something unique.  I decided to go with a sparkly pumpkin and witch theme in purple and orange. Orange is essentially the Halloween and fall colour so it MUST be incorporated into your Halloween wreath :)! The wreath cost approximately $22 to make and all the supplies were from Michaels or Dollarama. The garland and sparkly pumpkins were from the dollar store, all other supplies were from Michaels.

I’m glad to say I was able to hang it before October even began! Make your own with the tutorial below.

Halloween Wreath

Supplies

  • Black sparkly branch wreath form

Black Sparkly Branch Wreath

  • Leaf garland
  • Wired ribbon
  • Assortment of sparkly pumpkins and other details (wooden witches)

Halloween Wreath Supplies

Wooden Witch on Broomstick

  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Wire or string for the loop at the back to hang the wreath

Instructions

  1. Lay out all of your supplies
  2. Begin to glue the leaf garland and ribbon around the wreath
  3. Alternate which goes on top the garland then the ribbon
  4. Glue the sparkly pumpkins evenly around the wreath. Strategically place the witches.Witch Wreath detail

  5. Use the extra ribbon to create a bowHalloween Bow
  6. Puff the ribbon up and create fullness with the wire – pull it up so that the ribbon isn’t flat against the wreath.
  7. Put a loop of wire or string on the back of the wreath to hang it just in time for Halloween.
  8. Clean up the sparkles as they will be everywhere!

Halloween Wreath Purple and Orange

Happy Halloween! I would love to see your Halloween decor!

 

 

White Swan Fascinator

White Swan Feather Fascinator 

This is a super easy and lazy way to make a fascinator. I bought this white feather piece for around $3 at a craft store on Queen Street. The flip clips came in packs of 10 at the dollar store. So the accessory costs less than $5 to make!

I made two of these for a friend’s white swan outfit that never panned out. She was supposed to be white swan and I’d be the black swan; but illness happened on Hallowe’en and I was a solo evil swan.  But I have brought the headpiece out for afternoon tea dates and for when I feel like being fancy. 

Supplies 

White Feather Fascinator - Front

  • Feather piece 
  • Flip clips – to be more professional you could use a hair comb
  • Hot glue

Instructions 

  1. Glue two flip clips to the back of the feather piece and let dry.
  2. That is it, you’re done!

White Swan Feather Fascinator - Back

Afternoon Tea Outfit - Red and White

Business Outfit - Pocket Square - women

Top Shop Dress = Shirt and a Pocket Square (DIY)

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This shirt was originally a dress. I bought it at Top Shop many years ago on a trip to London. I couldn’t try it on and so wanted an item from there (this was before it came to Canada). The dress didn’t exactly fit and was both tight and loose at the same time on the hips (how does that happen?). It wasn’t very comfortable or flattering. But the item was sentimental; I wanted to keep it.

Taking SCISSORS to the dress would make it work! Below is the original dress.

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Matching pocket square and shirt

I cut the dress an inch or so underneath the zipper and I used the excess skirt fabric to make a perfectly matching pocket square. I sewed up the bottom hem of the shirt and did my best to sew a square (it is way harder than you’d think). Even if my hem isn’t perfect you can’t tell when I tuck the shirt in or fold the square.

To bring out the white in the shirt I paired it with a white blazer from JCrew. The cuts of their suiting fit me perfect. I have this style blazer in a few in different colours. The super cute black flats have bows on them and are my new go-to. I wore the ensemble to work and it was fine to last all day because of the stretch in the skirt.

What I wore to work - edgy

Matching Pocket Square Outfit

Bonus: I reused and saved something from the garbage heap to make a completely unique outfit. I also had extra fabric to gift another pocket square or to practice sewing. Yay upcycling!

Shirt and pocket square: refashioned Top Shop dress
Blazer: JCrew
Skirt: Jacob (now closed)
Shoes: H&M

DIY Floral Wreath tutorial

DIY Floral Wreath for $15

This wreath is so easy to make, and cheap too!

DIY Floral Wreath

I was looking at my boring door and I realized I only had a Christmas wreath and I hadn’t done a DIY in a while. Depending on how much of a perfectionist you are, this wreath will take less than an hour to make.

I got my branch wreath form for $5 at Michael’s.  I bought the fake flowers at Dollarama so that they would be cheaper. You can find really fancy ones at craft stores like Michael’s but Dollarama actually has a huge collection.

Supplies

  • Branch wreath formBranch Wreath Form
  • assortment of fake flowers (in any colour scheme you wish)
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Wire or string for the loop at the back to hang the wreath

Instructions

  1. Break all of the flowers apart from their stems.
  2. Lay them out by colour and size.
    Fake Flowers
  3. Begin to glue the big flowers in the middle of the half of the wreath you are decorating.
  4. Glue the flowers close together and fill the space by gluing leaves between them.
    In Progress Spring Wreath
  5. Keep gluing flowers and alternating colours until you reach your desired look.
  6. Put a loop of wire or string on the back of the wreath to hang it.
  7. Hang the wreath and admire how happy this wreath makes your door look.

DIY Floral Wreath

Valentine’s Day Pancake Gift Basket

I usually hate Valentine’s day; so for the first Valentine’s Day I was with “T” I decided to make it special and sentimental.

For us, making epic breakfasts and chocolate chip pancakes are a weekly occurrence. The first time I ever cooked for him I made B.L.T’s with microwavable bacon. After that he opened my eyes to the wonders of real bacon. We’ve also now moved on to making pancakes from scratch.

The night before Valentine’s Day I gave him the Valentine’s Day Pancake Gift Basket. The items were personal so adjust for the partner.

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Basket Supplies

  • pancake mix (Bisquick)
  • maple syrup (being Canadian, the real kind of course!)
  • chocolate chips (Chipits are nut-free)
  • love candle because my tough boyfriend loves Bath & Body Works candles
  • heart cookie cutters
  • bacon cookie which matched the bacon card (Drake General Store)
  • ribbon and cellophane for decoration

On Valentine’s day morning I got up early and cooked breakfast – warning do not cook bacon in lingerie. I used the heart cookie cutters to cut the pancakes after they were made. Then I displayed them nicely on a plate with a garnish of fruit and bacon.
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DIY Sparkle Birthday Party

Sparkle Birthday Party!

Being a Christmas baby sometimes sucks. Parties are cancelled because of snow and everyone’s schedule gets insanely packed.

But this year I decided to battle the sadness with a SPARKLE themed birthday party – you know, because I’m an adult.

My amazing sister got me confetti balloons.

Confetti Balloons

Birthday Girl with Confetti Balloons

The talented MariYUMMY Desserts made me the happiest cake! I have a unicorn obsession (again because I’m an adult) and she made the unicorn even more glittery!  I loved the cake; it fit the theme and was so bright and like her company name states: it was yummy!

Unicorn Birthday Cake

Unicorn Birthday Cake

I asked everyone to wear sparkles and I put as many sparkle touches around my home as possible.

F* Yeah Birthday

The only down side is now glitter is EVERYWHERE; I don’t think me or my home will ever be glitter-free. Totally worth it!

Sparkle Confetti

DIY Christmas Ball Wreath

DIY Christmas Ball Wreath

I love those sparkly Christmas ball wreaths! But I could never find one in the right colour. So if the perfect wreath doesn’t exist; you DIY it!

After a trip to Dollarama; I had the needed supplies to get started. You can also do this after Christmas with nicer on SALE ornaments!

Supplies

Wreath Supplies

  • Plastic/Styrofoam Christmas ornaments in varying sizes (I used approximately 50)
  • strong wire or a wire hanger
  • glue gun
  • ribbon to hang wreath

Instructions

  1. Decide on a colour scheme when you buy the ornaments
  2. Work wire into a circle; the size is up to you.
  3. String larger ornaments onto wire via the ornament holes
  4. Glue the ornaments together as you go and bend into a circle
  5. Glue smaller ornaments into the spaces between the larger ornaments
  6. Keep stringing the ornaments and filling in the gaps until you reach a desired size.
  7. Tie a ribbon to the back of the wreath to hang on door.

DIY Red Christmas Wreath

After I hung my multi-coloured wreath on my door; my neighbour requested one; so I made her a classic version.

DIY Christmas Wreath

Voila! Now you have a customized Christmas wreath to adorn your front door.

Teacup Lamp

How to Make a Teacup Lamp

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While indulging my teacup obsession I stumbled upon teacup lamps like this one.

I LOVED the idea and needed to have one! I can totally make this!

Thank you to Vintage Revivals who posted a fabulous tutorial. I like the homemade ones WAY better than Anthropolgie.

***Vintage Revival’s tutorial used a rod, my lamp did not have a rod, just a cord.  She also didn’t glue the pieces I did.

My lamp cost approximately $30, the most expensive piece was the $20 lamp making kit.

Supplies

  • Random China – all of mine was from Goodwill – yay recycling!
  • lamp making kit – mine was from Canadian Tire
  • Drill bit (hollow one for porcelain)
  • liquid cement
  • glue – GOOP glue

Step 1
Find your china. It can be mismatched and I find different shapes make it more interesting. All of mine was from Goodwill so I was up-cycling which makes me so EXCITED! It was also super cheap.

Step 2
Mark the centre of the back of the china to be drilled.

Step 3
Drill the holes in the pieces.
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IMPORTANT: Do this under running water in the sink. It will take awhile before the drill will go through the porcelain. Rock the bit back and forth and put some pressure on it. Take breaks to rinse off the porcelain dust.

Be patient. It will work, but progress slow. You can see I got impatient on the mug and there is a big hole.

TIP: I found better quality China was easier to drill through (i.e. Royal Albert).

Step 4
Stack the arrangement and find a design you like.

Step 5
Feed the lamp cord through the holes and glue the lamp pieces together. I used this very sticky craft glue called GOOP, I find it works well on most things. I buy mine at a craft store on Queen St.

Step 6
Assemble the lamp making kit per the instructions. My lamp kit was made and China and the instructions didn’t exactly make sense…I find YouTube is amazing when this happens.

Step 7
Pour instant mix cement into the top teacup which holds the light. This will anchor the light and fix it straight.

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Step 8
Put a lamp shade on.
Plug in.
Admire your awesome work.

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